“Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
Born on the 4th of July in 1804, Hawthorne not only was one of the 19th Century's greatest writers but also one of the most thoughtful. On this celebration of our nation’s birth, we should reflect on the meaning of the words combined and adopted into our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, and strive to live up to all that they say and mean.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
And that, indeed, is a great writer’s moment.
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